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Whether you are an automobile driver or passenger alongside a semi-truck on the highway or a pedestrian crossing a busy street in front of a tractor-trailer, the sheer size and number of large trucks on the road represent accidents waiting to happen.
In Florida alone in 2014, there were 3,530 reported crashes involving large trucks and 179 fatalities, 144 of whom were occupants of a vehicle other than the truck.
When truck accidents happen, our West Palm Beach and Tallahassee truck accident lawyers at Searcy Denney are just a phone call away. We have more than 40 years’ experience representing truck accident victims. Your initial consultation is free of charge, and if we take on your case, you pay us nothing unless we recover for you.
“Large” trucks can be single-unit trucks, tractor-trailers, or cargo vans – all weighing more than 10,000 pounds. Tractor-trailers can weigh 80,000 pounds or more – in other words, bigger and heavier than whatever you’re driving! In 2014, 85% of large trucks involved in fatal traffic crashes were trucks weighing more than 26,000 pounds.
Over the last ten years, from 2005 through 2014, truck crash fatalities have decreased by 26% in the United States. But these big, heavy trucks still kill and injure thousands every year. Here are some 2014 statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that you might want to remember the next time you encounter a big truck on the road. You won’t recall the numbers . . . but you’ll get the picture.
Of the more than 11 million large trucks on the streets and highways of the U.S., about two million of them are tractor-trailers. But while large trucks make up only 4% of all registered motor vehicles, they account for 8.3% of fatal vehicle crashes.
Investigation of these fatal car crashes uncovered information that underscores the importance of screening truck drivers’ records before they are allowed to drive.
Recent truck crash causation studies note that truckers and passenger vehicle drivers must share the blame for car-truck accidents. Many of these crashes can be traced to driver error, such as drowsiness, lack of attention, or texting while driving. Sometimes, bad weather and poor road conditions are the culprits.
Often, however, responsibility for truck accidents rests squarely with unscrupulous trucking companies who flout federal safety rules by hiring unqualified drivers or forcing truckers to drive beyond hours-of-service limits. And when trucking companies do not follow mandatory maintenance schedules, the resulting blown tires, failed brakes, or other breakdowns cause trucks to veer out of control and hit anything – or anyone – in their path.
The Florida truck accident law firm of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley has more than 40 years’ experience representing clients involved in catastrophic accident cases, including multiple-vehicle car-large truck crashes. If you have been involved in a truck accident, we would be happy to discuss your potential claim and help you seek justice.
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